A Millenial’s Perspective: When Work Takes Over
I have been radio silent over the past couple of weeks. In short, between the house purchase, an increase in my workload, and traveling over the weekend, I’m pretty much burned out. Usually I use the weekends to recover and catch up on posts but I have been going out of town the past couple of weekends. Thankfully, I’m staying put this weekend, and I’ll be able to catch some sleep and write a couple of more posts. On another side thought, I wish I could write without having to be in front of a computer. For example, if there was an automatic transcript of what went on in my head, I would be thrilled. When work takes over my life, it leaves no energy left for life or blog. Everything I think is about work. Here are some things I’ve noticed at work.
People Talk a Lot
I have always been a person who loves reading. I was the kid hiding from my little brother in the closet so I could read my books. He always wanted to play, makes sense he was little, and I always wanted to read. I prefer subtitles when watching TV or a movie. I read everything and anything. Part of my job involves a lot of meetings. I work for a corporation and my job requires me to interact with a lot of groups. I was just in a meeting with my boss, and I realized how much he talked. I could have easily said what he said in 3 paragraphs instead of his ten minute monologue. I felt like I was in one of those movies where the person who’s talking sounds like they are going 10 words per minute. Not being mean here! But whatever happened to being concise. I know I work really hard on being concise. But maybe I should be wordier. Is that what gets you to climb the corporate ladder because I see there’s a correlation between how high you’re up in the ladder and how wordy you are. Now don’t get me wrong here. I have known some executives that are extremely great public speakers. They understand that every word is important. Sometimes it feels like people are wordy to make up for their lack of knowledge in a business setting. Remember, I am only talking about wordiness in a business setting.
What do you think?
I’m getting territorial over my projects. My projects have been getting bigger and bigger. It’s a growth area in our company, and all of a sudden everybody in my group is interested in what I’m doing. While I don’t mind sharing information, now I have everybody giving input and trying to drive my projects. I wish it helped with my workload, but it really doesn’t, it actually gives me more work. Makes me wish my projects were smaller so I could be more under the radar. At the end of the day, I own the responsibilities, so if something goes wrong, my phone rings. This may seem as if I don’t like sharing, but really I just don’t need more voices telling me what to do. There’s plenty, believe me. Not to mention, they talk about my project with my boss without me! How annoying is this? Pretty annoying! I know I may be looking at this in a bad way. Take in mind, I have been fighting a lot of political fires, so I’m more frustrated than usual.
Sometimes I am so tired by the end of the day; I just want to stare at the TV screen. It’s been like this the past two weeks, and it sucks. I don’t even have enough energy to talk to my husband. The end of year is pretty crazy because so many teams want to close out projects. I can’t wait for vacation!!!
So I think until I get some vacation time, I’m probably going to remain frustrated and grumpy. I really try to be a positive person, smile at everyone. But I’m a little burned out this year. I just have to remember it’s a phase, and I used to think the same way about graduate and undergraduate school.